Europe, News

Enjoy the Big Ben while you can – it’s going to go silent for a few years

The Big Ben has repairs scheduled from 2017. Photo by Andrei for ZME Travel.

The Big Ben is England’s most memorable landmark, and one of the best ones in the world. Unfortunately though, travelers will only be able to fully enjoy it until 2017 and after 2020 – as scaffolding and maintenance works are scheduled. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock in London’s Palace of Westminster. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, establishing its status…

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Architecture and art, Culture and religion, Western Europe

Tintern Abbey – The hidden jewel in Wales

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Deep in the rural countryside of the UK, on the Welsh bank of the river Wye, it’s like time forgot how to pass. Everything is green, people smile and are always in the mood for a talk, and even the river seems in no rush to get to the sea. It’s here that you can find one of the most spectacular abbeys in Europe, even though it’s been abandoned for many centuries – they call…

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Mediterranean, Western Europe

The smaller jewels of Portugal: Coimbra, Evora, Aveiro and Braga

Coimbra. Image via Nelson Carvalheiro.

Portugal is well known for its amazing beaches in the Algarve – most people visit the country in the summer to enjoy the Sun and the ocean. Also, the big cities (Porto and Lisbon) take the lion’s share when it comes to visitors. But that doesn’t mean that other cities aren’t just as beautiful! Here, I’ll be sharing with you some of Portugal’s best kept secrets – lovely small cities that you’ll certainly enjoy visiting….

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Asia

Picture of the Week: Monastic Houses

Photograph by Jing Wei, National Geographic Your Shot

In this bedazzling shot, Jing Wei captured monastic dormitories on a mountain that’s home to the Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The monastery is the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist academy, with tens of thousands of male and female attendees. According to Your Shot member Jing Wei, the impressive site is worth visiting “to experience the peculiar landscapes and local life of the people there.” If you ever get to…

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Photography

Cities in the clouds – a different view high above the ground

Heavy fog rolls by early in the morning near the Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 21, 2007. (Steve Crisp/Reuters)

When we travel, we generally see things from ground level, but this selection of pics will do something different – it will carry you high in the sky and see things in a different light, from above.  ……

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Asia, Sightseeing

Reed Flute – The Rainbow Cave That Changes Colors

Image via A Thousand Wonders.

The Reed Flute Cave in China is a landmark attraction in Guilin, Guangxi. It’s an old natural limestone cave (dated at about 180 million years), filled with a large number of spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Photo by Dennis Jarvis. Many of the formations in the cave have been compared to recognisable shapes of mythological creatures and natural images, and the Chinese have given each of them a poetic name. For…

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Architecture and art, Western Europe

Portuguese organization brings graffiti closer to the elderly in Lisbon

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When I visited Lisbon, a city known for its bohemian atmosphere, lovely beaches and hot nightlife, I didn’t imagine I’d be wandering the streets looking for urban art – but that’s exactly what happened. Lisbon is just bustling with creative graffitis in all neighborhoods, depicting everything from novel characters to passionate love scenes. Naturally, the city is also filled with crap graffiti.Furthermore, for most people, this type of art is only reserved for the young. LATA 65 wants…

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Photos

Picture of the day: Rio in the Night

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It just doesn’t get any better than this. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city and one of the most vibrant and passionate cities in the world is captured in all its splendor by Vitaliy Raskalov. Bustling in the night, Rio is definitely one of the most fun cities in the world, and one of the best travel destinations you can choose in the summer…….

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Other, Western Europe

Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

Image via Huh Magazine.

In one of the nicest campaigns I’ve recently seen, Airbnb have just launched a house down the Thames, the river that passes through London’s heart. They did it to celebrate the recent change in London’s rent laws, which will allow citizens to legally share their flats through Airbnb. When it comes to rent, London is hands down one of the most expensive cities in the world. A small room at the edge of the city…

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Other

Girl falls in love with her backpack. We fall in love with her

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We all know the lovey-dovey pictures some couples post on Instagram or Facebook – the apparently awesome relationship, all that. Well, one girl decided to take things further – she poke some awesome fun by taking pictures with her new ‘boyfriend': a pink JanSport backpack. Day dates are fun!! Met up with JanSport for an iced tea and a stroll in the park. #springinnewyork #JansportDate Uma foto publicada por Gen Blau (@heresthedoodle) a Mai 13,…

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